Klamath County Public Health-

Environmental Health

Air Quality

Program Contact:  Jim Carey

Klamath County currently has one monitoring station at Peterson Elementary school; the monitor has reported poor air quality in Klamath Falls for several years. As a result, the EPA has designated Klamath Falls as a “non-attainment area”.

We can reach attainment if we all do our share. 74% of our poor air quality comes from uncertified woodstoves and fireplaces. Replacing your uncertified woodstove or fireplace with a certified woodstove or fireplace can help Klamath reach attainment and continue receiving federal funding. Together, by following the Klamath County air quality advisory and related burning regulations, we can ensure a bright future for the health and well-being of our community. 

Do your share for clean air by following the air quality advisory, call 882-BURN (2876) or visit www.klamathair.info

To view hourly air quality data click here and select Klamath Falls – Peterson School

To view our 24 hour average Air Quality Index click here


  • If it doesn’t grow, don’t burn it.

Only leaves, branches, and other plant grown can be burned, nothing else. 

  • Smoke can hurt you, and others.

Although smoke from a fire may not bother you immediately, it can be a serious health threat. Smoke and soot from outdoor fires can cause health problems, particularly if you already have respiratory conditions, and pollute the air. Fires, also, can burn out of control, destroying forests and burning down homes.

  • Get a certified woodstove or fireplace insert.

Replace your wood stove with a new, cleaner heating system.

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Brush can be composted, donate unwanted items, and recycle goods.

Email: jcarey@co.klamath.or.us

Indoor Burning Exemption Application
Outdoor, Agricultural, and Residential Exemption Application
Map of the Air Quality Zone
Clean Air Ordinance
List of EPA Certified Wood Stoves
Explanation of Air Quality Advisories
List of Prohibited Materials

Email: jcarey@co.klamath.or.us